Two Nigerian tech start-ups are presently giving their foreign counterparts a run for their money as they have qualified for the finals of the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition at the ongoing GITEX 2022 in Dubai.
The development was contained in a statement made available on Thursday by the spokesperson of The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Hajia Hadiza Umar.
TheFact Daily recalled that nine Start-ups from Nigeria on Monday made it to the semi- final level.
The two Nigerian start-ups who stand the stance of winning the $200,000 cash prize are are FLOEWS and ShapShap.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Professor Isa Ali Ibrahim (Pantami), while inaugurating the exhibition pavilion of Nigeria at the Dubai World Trade Centre, confirmed that nine Nigerian tech innovators and start-ups booked their spots in the semi-final of the GITEX tech-invention competition.
“I am confident that the four Nigerian start-ups and innovators will surely give their foreign counterparts a run for their money. And will cart away the prizes at stake, during the grand finale of the exhibition”, Pantami said.
Another start-up from Kenya, Melanin Kapital, is the other African representative in the final of the ‘Mobility and Smart Cities Innovator’ category, that the Nigerian tech firms qualified for.
FLOEWS is a multi-award winning startup seeking to solve the persistent problem of climate change and natural disasters likeflooding, by providing an equitable access to a democratized, socially-inclusive and gender-responsive disaster risk management together with early warning for vulnerable individuals, business communities and national economies.
While ShapShap provides the best on-demand delivery service in Nigeria for online ordering and same-day delivery of food, groceries, medicines, and packages using a mobile application.
The Supernova Challenge is the biggest pitch competition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The GITEX event is currently holding at the Dubai World Trade Centre, in United Arab Emirates, UAE.